Tutor Talk

VISUAL RHYTHM GAMES: three pedagogical approaches, and the story of Pizza

Oct 19th, 2011

Posted by Christine

Ah, the challenge of rhythm. We've had quite a few requests for new rhythm games and we hope to accommodate those requests in the near future. For now, we've got three games to cover some important basics.

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VISUAL PITCH IDENTIFICATION GAMES: You won't get far without the basics

Oct 12th, 2011

Posted by Christine

Note reading is a fundamental part of music education - and mastering it is not an easy task for some students. Tonic Tutor's visual pitch games cover several approaches.

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AURAL SCALE AND CHORD GAMES: Hearing tonality and harmony

Oct 5th, 2011

Posted by Christine

As students progress, they have to play so many scales and chords that it seems only natural to expect them to be able to recognize those scales and chords by listening. The four games of this category take care of this important skill.

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SEASONAL SETTINGS AND GAMES - Just to keep things interesting

Sep 30th, 2011

Posted by Christine

October is just around the corner (already!) and with it will come a few interesting changes to Tonic Tutor. If you've got students that could benefit from an extra rhythm game, we've got good news for you!

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Something new!

Sep 26th, 2011

Posted by Christine

In the last post I said I'd discuss some changes that are coming up on October, but I decided to interrupt my own regularly scheduled broadcast because something exciting has just happened.

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FREEPLAY: Something for the students and something for the teachers

Sep 23rd, 2011

Posted by Christine

When we were creating Tonic Tutor, the question arose: what happens after the student has finished his or her weekly lesson and before the lesson resets the next week?

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VISUAL INTERVAL GAMES: a nod to those all-important sight-reading skills

Sep 19th, 2011

Posted by Christine

The concept of intervallic reading is explored in a number of piano method books. Tonic Tutor has several games to help students master this important skill.

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AURAL MELODY GAMES: Tackling the challenge from all angles

Sep 16th, 2011

Posted by Christine

Before I discuss some of the note reading games, I wanted to stay on the topic of ear training for just a little longer. One of the important skills that Tonic Tutor was designed to develop is the ability to play a melody by ear.

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AURAL INTERVAL GAMES: Interval recognition from day one

Sep 12th, 2011

Posted by Christine

In each of the next few posts I'll discuss a handful of games (grouped according to the categories that you see in the Student Index).

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They have so much to learn - and we have so much to teach

Sep 7th, 2011

Posted by Christine

Studying piano can and should be rewarding on many levels - there's stuff for the brain (theory, history, note reading, harmony, and so on), stuff for the body (posture, dexterity, co-ordination, control...), and of course, stuff for the soul (beauty, creativity, expression - everything that draws us to music and keeps us here).

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